Arthur Murray Dance Studio

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Arthur Murray Dance Studio Reviews

Updated September 6, 2014
Updated September 6, 2014
16 Reviews
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  1.  

    Personable Sales

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Hayward, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hayward, CA

    I have been working at Arthur Murray Dance Studio full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great work environment and personal development opportunities.

    Cons

    work-life balance, work demand, and sales driven.

    Recommends
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    Approves of CEO
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    Incredible opportunities to advance rapidly, while building all types of skill sets, and working with wonderful people

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    Current Employee - Supervisor  in  Ashburn, VA
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Ashburn, VA

    I have been working at Arthur Murray Dance Studio full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Arthur Murray provides every employee the training, encouragement, and opportunity they need to succeed. You get to work with wonderful people, both coworkers and clients, every day. You get to be active. You get free training. You even get opportunities for paid travel around the country (and even around the world!). Arthur Murray has been around for over a century, its way of teaching and doing business is time-tested as well as modernized, and the corporation stretches around the world. Yet each franchise is built on a local connection within their community. Teaching people to dance and putting smiles on their faces is one of the most rewarding things you can ever do-- and it's your JOB!

    Cons

    The hours are different than a typical 9-5 job, so that is something you will have to plan for.

    Recommends
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    Approves of CEO
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    If you aren't dancing, expect no opportunities and a heavy work load..

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant

    I have been working at Arthur Murray Dance Studio full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Some owners may allow you to take a few dance lesson a week as a perk, good job for a college student as studios are open afternoons to late evenings.

    Cons

    Teachers can be divas, no upwards mobility unless you want to take a paycut to be a teacher. If you become a teacher then you basically have to teach 35+ lessons a week to make a halfway decent living. A full certified teacher makes about 17% of the charged lesson cost.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to compensate both your teachers and administrators better. You expect people to not eat in order to afford travel, clothes, dance shoes, and a manicured look. Start compensating and your turnover will fall.

    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Too many bosses, very little pay

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    Former Employee - Dance Instructor/Specialist  in  Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Dance Instructor/Specialist in Las Vegas, NV

    I worked at Arthur Murray Dance Studio full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Teaching amazing students. gaining great teacher to student relationships and seeing them be proud of themselves.

    Cons

    Crumbs for pay. Very expensive lessons, limit students intentionally. Sales based, hard to make good money if you are not in management. My franchise had 3 owners , 2 were passive and one was just mean.
    Training is from outdated videos and poorly printed books. It was literally smoke and mirrors. Not worth it if you want a real career as a respected dance teacher . Plus you are only licensed through them if you leave you have to get re-licensed. Horrible. I left with a smile.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Update training.
    Up the pay.
    Truly get to know your teachers.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  6.  

    Know What You Want Out of Life..

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    Former Employee - Dance Instructor  in  Ledgewood, NJ
    Former Employee - Dance Instructor in Ledgewood, NJ

    I worked at Arthur Murray Dance Studio full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great community of dancers, I lucked out and had a really great boss that cared about improving our team since not all studios do. They really want you to move up and own your own studio one day. Which, if that's your dream- great!

    Cons

    Since they do all the training, you don't make much. Very commission/sales based and you must cater to students whims. Some students are great some are divas. You are on your feet and learning constantly, it was very stimulating and rewarding but when I have kids I want to be home by 6pm, not just starting to work. I was full time and worked 6 days a week, sometimes 7. Which meant working 13 days in a row sometimes!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up Weekly/Daily meetings to keep the teachers focused.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Easily Misleading

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    Former Employee - Dance Instructor
    Former Employee - Dance Instructor

    I worked at Arthur Murray Dance Studio full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    This is an active and creative job.

    Cons

    The hours are long and very involved, you will joke about the 'outside world' and then one day realize it is not so funny. There are exceptions to the rule, but generally speaking, family life, or general social life is very difficult with this job. You can learn many great things, and get wonderful experiences, but this is not a long term career for most people.
    Many other pros and cons extremely varied, as this is a studio franchise, and all are different. Generally speaking, the pay is very low, particularly once you really look at how many hours you are putting in.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  8.  

    Interesting idea, terrible management and pay

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Arthur Murray Dance Studio full-time

    Pros

    Teaching great students, or challenging ones, dance is always fun
    Have a few opportunities to learn from professionals

    Cons

    Get paid peanuts when expected to dress to the nines for work
    Belittled and given videos and outdated books as 'holy teaching guides' rather than human mentoring beyond the first month
    Shady business scheme, students pay top dollar but teachers don't see it, and the studios are often run down as well
    If this is your career, be ready to live in poverty and be pushed down until you gain years of tenure which MAY make you eligible to go up in the franchise
    Management encourages drone work, nothing above or beyond to help the studio as a instructor
    Despite the love for dance and teaching, finances and management had made me hate something I loved. Art became a business scam.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want top teachers, have more opportunities for training rather than solely pushing competition between studios. I would have rather paid for good training than spent hours learning from 1980/1990 videos.

    A happy teacher make for happy students. Looking outside of a studio and seeing 99% of teachers smoking can't suggest that these teachers are happy, looking for a healthy life style, or are under controllable stress.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  9.  

    A lot of fun but low pay, long hours

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    Current Employee - Dance Instructor  in  Danbury, CT
    Current Employee - Dance Instructor in Danbury, CT

    I have been working at Arthur Murray Dance Studio full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    AM is a great place for a young person to work in a place where you will be taught to ballroom and Latin dance as well as valuable sales training. There is a lot of professional development and support and the opportunity to travel domestically and internationally if you're lucky/good enough to get a student who can afford it.

    Cons

    The pay is small, especially in the beginning, and you have to work hard for every dollar that you make. The hours are very long, including lots of weekend events, some of which are well compensated, others of which are not. The late hours (1-10pm) make it hard to do this job and have a family. No benefits in the studio where I work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open about how much money one stands to make in this job eventually. Give more opportunity for raises and advancement.

    Recommends
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    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great opportunity to learn, but low pay.

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    Former Employee - Dance Instructor  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Dance Instructor in Portland, OR

    I worked at Arthur Murray Dance Studio part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great ballroom dance training, sales training, and an enjoyable place to work.

    Cons

    Low pay, particularly when first starting. Hours can make it difficult to have a social life outside of work, as you are usually working until about 10pm every day.

    Recommends
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    Instructor

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Arthur Murray Dance Studio

    Pros

    friendly staff and great training

    Cons

    Little pay and body abuse from students

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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